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Frontstretch Podcast: Kyle Larson Out at Chip Ganassi Racing

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss the ramifications in the racing world from a racial slur dropped by Kyle Larson during an iRacing event on Sunday evening (April 12). The duo will dive into what the suspension-turned-termination means for Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR, who over the past two decades …

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Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing Part Ways

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Kyle Larson has been released by Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series after Sunday’s incident on iRacing in which Larson used a racial slur. In a statement tweeted out by the team Tuesday morning, CGR outlined its reasoning for parting ways with the driver. “After much consideration, Chip Ganassi Racing has determined that …

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One N-word, One NASCAR Career Self-Destructed by Kyle Larson

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Kyle Larson spent much of the past decade hyped as NASCAR’s next great breakout superstar. Easter Sunday, in a matter of seconds, he broke through — as that driver who said the N-word. In just one sentence, the earthquake attached will forever rattle Larson’s career resume. Will NASCAR’s 2020 momentum wind up fractured along with …

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Kyle Larson’s Slur Becomes NASCAR’s Pandemic Overnight

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“I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful servitude.” – Thomas Jefferson It has been written since early in the COVID-19 pandemic that American attitudes are perhaps more ill-suited than any other in the world to fight it. Americans, after all, have triumphed against previous existential challenges (World War II, 9/11) with aggressive, defiant, head-on clashes with …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Stupidity Arises on the Radio, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gets Too Much Focus

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Oh boy. As you know by now, stupidity has reared its head once again. The original plan was to talk about Saturday’s Chevrolet 275k broadcast on NBCSN and maybe touch upon Landon Cassill’s Monza Madness. Had Kyle Larson not done what he did, that portion of the article would have likely covered Allen Bestwick chipping …

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Kyle Larson Suspended Without Pay by Chip Ganassi Racing, NASCAR Following Racial Incident on iRacing

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Update (5 p.m. ET): NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Kyle Larson. “NASCAR has made diversity and inclusion a priority and will not tolerate the type of language used by Kyle Larson during Sundays iRacing event,” a NASCAR statement read. “Our member conduct guidelines are clear in this regard, and we will enforce these guidelines to maintain …

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New eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Formed

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A new exhibition esports series, the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series, has been formed, NASCAR and iRacing announced Tuesday evening (March 17). The simulation-style series will have competitors from the top three NASCAR national touring series as well as former drivers. Some of these include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, Kyle …

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NASCAR 101: Here Are the Drivers Participating in the Kyle Busch Truck Series Bounty (So Far)

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This weekend’s NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race marks the first event at which drivers can potentially claim the $100,000 bounty on Kyle Busch set by Kevin Harvick and Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis. For those who need a refresher: the bounty applies to full-time NASCAR Cup Series drivers racing in the upcoming …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Fun Fontana, Anthony Alfredo Relives Xfinity Debut

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a fun weekend of racing at Auto Club Speedway that saw Alex Bowman pick up his second career victory. The duo will discuss if Chevrolet is back, Toyota’s struggles (or lack thereof) and who has stood out in the Ford camp so far this season …

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Did You Notice? There’s No I in Team, But There Is in Driver

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Did You Notice? How the Next Gen car’s change to single lug nuts for its wheels is just the latest example of how stock car racing is deviating further and further away from being a “team” sport?  Let’s just ignore for a second that going to a single lug nut removes one of the very …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2020 Auto Club 400 at Fontana

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The Headline(s): After winning the first stage and showing speed all weekend, Alex Bowman took the lead on lap 133 after a hotly-contested restart to begin the final stage, and never looked back. Gapping Ryan Blaney over the final run, Bowman cruised to his second career Cup victory and third career NASCAR national series win. …

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Daily Fantasy NASCAR DraftKings Forecast: 2020 Auto Club 400

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California dreamin’, on such a winter’s day. The NASCAR Cup Series teams don’t have to dream, as they are in Fontana, Calif. this week for the Auto Club 400. The race will air on Sunday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Temperatures at Auto Club Speedway on race day will definitely feel like …

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